Born in Birmingham, Alfred William 'Fred' Ludditt came as a young child to Saskatchewan where his father worked as a stonemason. This trade encouraged Fred Ludditt's interest in geology and mining. He moved to the Kootenays in 1927 and prospected around Nelson. He placer mined on the Fraser and Quesnel Rivers in 1930, then settled in Barkerville until 1937. After a five-year stint as a miner at Zeballos on Vancouver Island, he returned to Barkerville where he began his campaign to preserve Barkerville as an historic site. This passion resulted in his anecdotal history of the town.

Review of the author's work by BC Studies:
Barkerville Days


Barkerville Days (Mitchell Press, 1969).
Gold in the Cariboo. Evergreen Press, 1958. Republished in Courtenay: E.W. Bickle, 1978.
Campfire Sketches of the Cariboo. Union Bay: [s.n.], 1974.

[BCBW 2004]